'Bridesmaids' writers Wiig, Mumolo to reunite 8 years later

NEW YORK — "Bridesmaids" writers Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo are finally reuniting, eight years after their smash hit comedy.

Lionsgate announced Wednesday that it will produce "Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar" from a script by Wiig and Mumolo. They will each also co-star in the film as best friends who leave their Midwestern town for a vacation in Florida.

The film is planned for release next year, with Josh Greenbaum directing.

The filmmakers and stars of "Bridesmaids" have long shrugged off the possibility of a sequel. But the reunion of Wiig and Mumolo had been eagerly awaited. They first announced the "Barb and Star" project in 2014. It was then set up at TriStar Productions, with Wiig directing.

Made for $32.5 million, "Bridesmaids" grossed $288.4 million worldwide.

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